Hazardous Winter Weather Outlook for Northwest Wyoming – Yes, Again
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 29, 2023
The forecast stays snowy in northwest Wyoming, with a good chance of scattered snow showers expected for the next week – but at least it’ll be a bit warmer.
The National Weather Service Office in Riverton has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for “the Western Mountains” of Wyoming. The outlook is in effect for the next week – Wednesday, March 29 to Tuesday, April 4 – so it seems wintry weather conditions are sticking around – but not necessarily sticking to the ground.
According to the Hazardous Weather Outlook, “steadier snow” will spread into western Wyoming starting Wednesday afternoon. Moderate accumulations of snow are possible.
Snow will continue falling throughout Thursday, March 30, though mainly in the afternoon. And based on the forecast, it might not stop snowing for another full week.
- Thursday and Friday (March 30-31) – Snow spreading East of the Divide, ending Friday. Mainly light accumulations East of the Divide.
- Saturday and Sunday (April 1-2) – More snow in the west. Strong wind is possible from eastern Sweetwater County to Natrona County.
- Monday and Tuesday (April 3-4) – Snow in the west, spreading East of the Divide.
A map provided by N.W.S. Riverton anticipates another one to three inches will fall in the Bighorn Basin between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Higher elevations – like Pahaska and certain spots in Yellowstone National Park – could get as much as eight additional inches.
However, it’s best to take these estimates with a grain of road salt. During last weekend’s storm, Cody was estimated to receive between three and six inches of snow. By the end of the storm, some areas in Cody reported as much as 19 inches.
The “good news” in the forecast is the region won’t get as chilly. Despite snowfall anticipated through the weekend, Cody’s high temperature on Saturday, April 1, is fifty degrees.
Drivers should anticipate hazardous conditions on the state’s highways, especially since snow removal from the last winter storm was hampered after a W.Y.D.O.T. rotary snow blower needed repairs.